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Visual stability of laser vision correction in an astronaut on a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station

C Robert Gibson, Thomas H Mader, Steven C Schallhorn, Konrad Pesudovs, William Lipsky, Elias Raid, Richard T Jennings, Jennifer A Fogarty, Richard A Garriott, Owen K Garriott, Smith L Johnston
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2012, 38 (8): 1486-91
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UNLABELLED: This report documents the effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in an astronaut during a 12-day Russian Soyuz mission to the International Space Station in 2008. Changing environmental conditions of launch, microgravity exposure, and reentry create an extremely dynamic ocular environment. Although many normal eyes have repeatedly been subject to such stresses, the effect on an eye with a relatively thin cornea as a result of PRK has not been reported. This report suggests that PRK is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated procedure in astronauts during space flight.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

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